Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Los Angels Mix

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Welcome back.  Well, this should be the last late post of the week.  Plus, my new bluetooth earphones came in today. So the shuffle will be continue onward unabated.

So some of you have asked about the integrity of the E2TG “Earie” Awards.  The ballots are stored in a secret and remote location watched over by a team of trained seals. Unlike some of the fancy awards, we could not afford a Certified Accountant to monitor our processes, so we went with a certifiable accountant.  Did I ever mention that I am an accountant.  Seriously though, the whole process takes place inside my head, and that is as remote and secret as it gets.

Today’s award:  I’m calling it the “Mott the Hoople” Award aka the “All the Young Dudes” Award.

The premise:  No premise really, just an award to some of the young dudes who made cool music in 2015.  (keep in mind, I’m getting up there in age so “young” is a term that is more broadly defined everyday, but these dudes qualify by my standards…

The Award goes to:

1.  Josh Morris – When (former E2TG Featured Artist) And the Giraffe parted ways, Josh Morris turned his attention to his solo work.  Green Fields was released early in the year,  Morris has new music in the works that promises a change in direction from Green Fields.  In addition, Morris is quickly making a name for himself as a go-to producer.

2.  James Tomberlin – When James Tomberlin left town to return to school, he left a unique but significant hole in the Nashville songwriting community.  Fortunately, before he left town, he recorded a album, Still Life With Orange which by the way was produced by Josh Morris.  I, for one, though, miss his arcane and sophisticated sense of humor.

3.  Patrick Kinsley – For a Thousand Miles is flat out one of my favorite albums of 2015.  It is an excellent showcase for the mass of contradictions that is Patrick Kinsley.  Earnest heartland flavored rock and roll music with simple but intelligent lyrics and a deep emotional resonance.  The album is a journey.

4.  Zachariah Red –  The new Zach Red album is due out just after the first of the year, and I can’t wait.  But, his single, “40 Miles” was released just in time for the totally fictional “Earie” deadline.  Bringing the wisdom and work ethic of a Wisconsin carpenter, the energy of a former punk rocker, and songwriting chops, Zachariah Red plays real country music effortlessly.

(There a couple of other people who might qualify for this award, but I may have something else in mind for them)….

To the shuffle:

“Introduction of Band” by Darrin Bradbury

2014 Artist of the Year and 2015 “Earie” award winner, Darrin Bradbury introduces his band on the live album, Tur-Lyfe: A Live Recording of Unfortunate Events.  At the time was called Los Angels.

“The Grand Optimist” by City and Colour

From that mega-download of World Cafe Sessions comes City and Colour  with a song from their 2011 album, Little Hell.

“Sing Along” by Robert Ellis

I first saw Robert Ellis at American Fest a few years ago.  Later, he opened for Richard Thompson at City Winery, and then I saw him as part of Traveler at their Basement East show earlier this year.  This is one of my favorite songs of his.

“Watch Dog” by Amy Black

From her Muscle Shoals Sessions albun, Amy Black – covering a song which Etta James recorded on her 1968 album Tell Mama which was recorded by FAME Studios.

“Boss Board” by Burt Rocket

Some hot, surf music from Norway!

“Houses on the Hill” by Ryan Adams

From Life After Deaf the live Ryan Adams boxset, we have a moving version of a song that originally appeared on the second Whiskeytown album.

“All This Wandering Around” by Ivan and Alyosha

From their album, It’s All Just Pretend.  More great music from the Seattle band.

“Peter Gunn” by Roy Buchanan

Blues guitarist Pat Buchanan with his take on the Henry Mancini penned theme from “Peter Gunn”.

“Hearts Too Heavy” by John Moreland

High on Tulsa Heat is one of the best albums of 2015 and John Moreland just may be one of this generations greatest songwriters.  

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Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – What We Want to Be Mix


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Okay – posting late.  Life happens sometimes.  Here’s some stuff:

Coming soon, the 1st Annual #E2TG Awards 2015 – which I am calling The Earies (tagline: The Earies, it sounds strange, but it’s not really).  Watch for this beginning after Thanksgiving.

Last night, an awesome show at The original Basement.  Actual Wolf  killed it with the kind of band that really only happens in Nashville  (Adam Kurtz, Jerry Pentecost, Paul Niehaus, Stephanie Dickinson with Nellie Clay joining on bgvs)    After that 14 year old wunderkind Sammy Brue had the audience enraptured with his incredible songs.

Really proud that my review of Dan Penn at City Winery in on the front page of No Depression right now.  Check it out, if you haven’t.  Nodepression.com

Shuffle (short descriptions)

“Walk Out to Winter” by Aztec Camera

Another track from High Land, Hard Rain.  Seemed about right, as I was driving through the chilly morning with my driver’s side window stuck down.

“Blue Highways” by Darrin Bradbury

A live version of what is probably my favorite Darrin Bradbury song. (I like Bob, too – which Darrin always dedicates to me and to which I gave a face).  Brian Wright does an awesome version of this this song.

“Summer School” by Liquor Giants

So, I didn’t know who Liquor Giants were until I just looked them up. I really dug the song, though.  Liquor Giants was a band formed by Ward Dotson after Pontiac Brothers which he joined after leaving Gun Club.  Ah, makes sense why this was so cool. Kind of nifty 60s Pop vibe.  

“Pinned” by Shovels and Rope

From their 2014 album Swimmin’ Time – I nabbed this off Noisetrade.  It may still be there.  Go look.

“Caretaker” by The End Men

Our 2013 Band of the Year made one of 2015’s best albums, Terms and Conditions which finds the signature sound of the band augmented by some awesome saxophone work from Matthew Elia.  

“Moonlight” by Atticus Floyd

Atticus Floyd is now recording under the name The Jolly Light Connection. When I downloaded this, she was recording under Atticus Floyd. From an album called We’ll All Come Down.  It’s really cool.  For the video, I selected the joyful, animated story of Atticus’ first show.  It’s really cool, too.  The Jolly Light Connection is part of Dord Music Group.

“Let No Woman” by Guitar Gabriel

Some awesome acoustic blues from the folks at Music Maker Relief Foundation.

“Perfect Day” by Nico Vega

I really like this cover of one of my favorite (among many favorites) Velvet Underground song.  It was apparently used in a Lifetime movie about Lizzie Borden.  Sounds about right.

“headlights” by ricky mirage

The album is called Pop Goes the Sun.  Ricky Mirage is Nick Harris.  I dig this album a bunch. I found it from a random post I saw on a friend’s Facebook page.  I could not find an appropriate video, so here is a link to the song.

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E2TG Takes on Americana Fest 2015 – Part I

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So…. I knew last night’s Sin City vs. Guitar Town event at The Basement East was going to be pretty darn incredible, but really….

Sometimes your friends and your heroes share the same stage…

Okay, I got there early to catch Paul Burch finish off the pre-show.  Let me tell you – not a bad pre-show.

Campfire Propaganda opened the set, and it was a delicious teaser for their upcoming October residency at The 5 Spot.  Campfire Propaganda are a collective of amazing songwriters working together to further their art and craft.  Founding member Tim Easton was not there – he is opening some dates for James McMurtry – but Nellie Clay, Megan Palmer, Brian Wright, and Darrin Bradbury all knocked it out of the park.

Next up was Jesse Dayton – taking a break from his current gig filling in for the ailing Billy Zoom on the current X tour.  Playing solo acoustic, he totally rocked the house.

Dayton was followed by an amazing jam lead by the one and only Aaron Lee Tasjan.  His band included Brian Wright and Jon Latham on guitars and Keith Christopher on bass. Guests included Lilly Hiatt, Allen Thompson (who did a Grateful Dead song) and Kevn Kinney!  Oh, and Brian Wright absolute killed on a Supersuckers song.

Jonathan Tyler delivered a really great set and he brought out Nikki Lane as his guest.

Keith Gattis was up next and sounded great.

And then, The Bottle Rockets just about tore the roof off the joint with an extended set.  They played several songs from their forthcoming album and also dug into their extensive back catalog.

Needless to say, the night was a blast, and it was so amazing seeing my friends sharing a stage with some of my musical heroes.  I saw a bunch of people including some I had never met in person before, and I even met a music blogger from Norway.

It’s kind of hard to believe that all that was just basically night zero of the American Music Association Festival.   I’m leaving soon for some AMA related events and trying to map out a somewhat reasonable schedule among the seemingly endless choices at hand.

Featured Friday Morning Music Shuffle – The Whole Thing in the Middle Mix

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14 Years… I have read some really powerful things today about THAT day. What I remember is some sense of unity… if nothing else, for a moment or moments, many of us were united… if in nothing else, then in fear and confusion and uncertainty. In degrees and over time, that unity has mostly dissipated… into conspiracy theories and feelings about the events that followed about the need for security vs. the importance of freedom. I was at work, and getting my news in fits and starts on a slow internet connection and the radio. 

What I remember… I was taking part in an drama workshop put on by the Parks Department.  Of the course of the workshop, we learned acting techniques, but our main goal was to create an original production which would then perform.  If I recall correctly, the second class was on September 11, 2001. The class was held as scheduled, though I remember thinking it might be cancelled, and we spent much of that class talking about what had happened. It was a pretty diverse group of people and there were a variety of different feelings being expressed, and of course, the day ended up greatly shaping the production we created.  Our production included adaptions of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot – as well as some other elements – all subtly adapted to speak to the events of 9/11/2001.

I don’t know what THE lesson of that day is supposed to be… maybe it’s still too soon, or maybe there is not one lesson.  For me, today at least, I am going to try to remember how fragile life can be and make the most of every moment and treat people with as much kindness as I can.  I will probably fall short of that… I probably already have… but I am going to keep trying. 

“Montgomery” by The Vigilance Committee

We start off with another track from Exit a Hero from the Long Island based Progressive Rock band.  I have been spinning this record for several months, and I am still liking the sound of it.

“I Owe It All to You” by Dale Watson

Call Me Insane but Dale Watson has made one of the best albums of the year. He is a real deal Traditional County singer who was once told he was too country for Nashville. Whatever! Driven by those comments, he eventually founded a whole new movement called, Ameripoitan (Outlaw Country, Honky-Tonk, Rockabilly, and Western Swing).

“Human Condition” by The Naddiks

Somehow this song seems like a good fit for 9/11. The Naddiks are a young, uplifting indie band from Australia. The record is called 21CB (21st Century Boy).

“The Spring” by Dan Martin

Just over a week ago, on the suggestion of my friend Mary, Dan Martin gave me a copy of his CD – Hoka Hey at the 5 Spot for the 1st Week of the David Olney Residency.  I finally got to give it a spin over the weekend, and I really liked what I heard. This is the first track to appear in a shuffle, and more will be forthcoming. Dan Martin is from Oklahoma. The music is well-written, well played country influenced music.

“Cold Black Pitch” by The End Men

In just a couple of months, I will have known The End Men for 4 years. In 2013, I named them my Band of the Year, and everything they have done since has served to confirm that decision.  Terms and Conditions, the album they released earlier this year, expands on their signature hard blues rock sound with Matthew Elia’s sax providing a strong counter-point to Matthew Hendershot’s Waitsian vocal growl and guitar godliness and Livia Ranalli’s powerhouse drums.  Beyond all of that, they are generous and kind people.  Oh, and they melt faces live!

“Piece By Pieces” by Indigenous Engines

Andrew Adkins is a busy man with a lot going on.  He released two EPs this year under the Indigenous Engines moniker.  This track is from Witches.  A great song.

“Life is Hard” by Darrin Bradbury

The Bonus Track from The Story of Bob.  Otherwise known as “The Ballad of Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce, and Daffy Duck”.  Darrin was my 2014 Artist of the Year.

“Magnolia” by Pony Boy

From Pony Boy’s new album Blue Gold which was produced by the Adam Landry and Justin Collins – best known for their work with Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs, and T. Hardy Morris and to E2TG readers as the producers of Black Vincent. The song is a homage to the late Magnolia Electric Company frontman Jason Molina. It is a powerful, moving, and gorgeous song.  

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Featured Friday Morning Shuffle – A Pretty Decent Crowd Mix



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Well… collectively we have made it through another work week.  If you are reading this, I assume you at least like music, so if you can, get out and see some live music this weekend.  I know I will…

It is Friday which means another edition of the Featured Friday shuffle of a playlist of music I wanted to highlight and pull out from our usual active playlist.  They full list currently has almost 1,100 songs in it, and I have more to add.   This subset Featured list stands at about 250 – still substantial but manageable.

“My Intentions Were Good, But Fuck Me Part II” by Bashful Hips

“Dating in Class Warfare” by Bashful Hips (featuring Dark Matter Jesus)

We start off today’s shuffle with a double dose of (recently returned) Nashville resident, Bashful Hips with a couple of songs from his excellent and excellently titled album, Too Old for a Coming of Age Story.  The first is the second part of a song we featured previously.  “My Intentions Were Good..”.  The second track is called “Dating in Class Warfare”.  I love Bashful Hips titles, and fortunately the music lives up to the great titles. This music adds a unique element to the E2TG lexicon, which if you follow us closely you realize is not easy to do.

“What More Could I Do?” by Josh Morris

Moving on, we have another song by a Nashville resident.  Josh Morris released his solo EP Green Fields earlier this year.  Since then, he has been a busy producer whose work includes the highly anticipated and recently successfully crowd funded debut by Jon Latham.

“Running in Reverse” by the transcendents

As promised, having completed our presentation of the self-titled debut from New Zealand band, the transcendents, we move on to their more recently record called Lay Where You Collapse.  Complex, melodic modern rock music.  I am so glad this band made their way to my ear holes.

“Wrong” by Paul Zografi

Yet another Nashville-based artist.  From his album Bright.  Just some fine songwriting – played well. 

“Bob” by Darrin Bradbury

This song goes out to… me!….  The sort of title track to Darrin Bradbury’s most recent EP, The Story of Bob.  Bob was a pretty swell dude.  So, last night, kind of impromptu, I got the opportunity to spend some time at the wondrous East Side Manor Studios listening in on some of the production work on the next Darrin Bradbury album.  What I heard were still some pretty rough mixes, but it was enough to tell me that this album is going to be incredible.  Some really talented people have been working on this and continue to work on it.  At this point, I still think I made the right call  naming Darrin my 2014 Artist of the Year.  I’ll let you know if I ever change my that opinion.  

“Hey Julianne” by Susan James

One more from the recent Susan James album Sea Glass… So far, in the songs I have featured, I have alluded to the subtle influence of some of the great music of the California Paisley Underground scene of the 1980s.  This song solidifies my opinion on this.  It is a gorgeously trippy pop song – that really goes evoke memories of some of the amazing music of that era – (and the 60s psychedelic era that influenced the later music.)  I could listen to this music for hours at a time.

“More Than This” by [debut]

debut, like Susan James, are based in Los Angeles, and their music is also highly original modern music that is evocative of music of the 1980s. In this case, the shimmering electronic alternative pop music of bands like Depeche Mode. This song is from the band’s latest album, Postcards from Berlin which was released back in March. 

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Why Do You Care? Mix

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I’m back after a day off.  Still tons going on.  Check out my review of the re-release of the self-titled only album by Haynes Boys.

Also – at press time, my review of Friday night’s Matthew Sweet show at City Winery Nashville is on the front page of NoDepression.com.

On to the mid-week shuffle:

“New Love” by Beat Rodeo

The penultimate song from our survey of Home in the Heart of the Beat.

“More Than Enough” by Cletus and Lori

One of my favorite tracks from the album Lotus by long-time D.C. area duo Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley.

“Baby Stick Around” by Joe Jackson

I dare you to listen to this song from the album Look Sharp! and not move your body in some way.

“Lost Outside The Tunnel” by Aztec Camera

A deep cut from the debut album by Aztec Camera (High Land, Hard Rain).

“Exile on Myrtle Beach” by Darrin Bradbury

From the brand new Darrin Bradbury EP, The Story of Bob, comes this pop culture filled, fever dream of a metaphor for East Nashville. One of my all-time favorite Darrin Bradbury songs.

“Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach, Texas” by Dale Watson

Another track from the brand new Dale Watson album, Call Me Insane.  This one has a bit of Western Swing in it… Dale Watson is still proudly carrying the Ameripolitan banner.

“Beaten to the Punch” by Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Continuing a shuffle that musically is all over the map… I was just talking with a friend about the underappreciated genius that is Elvis Costello’s fourth studio album.  It is the first release following Costello’s infamous run in with Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett.

“In Heaven” by A Color Engine

Another track from the album, Voyage Underwater; 56 Knots.  This one happens to be a cover of a song from the David Lynch cult classic, Eraserhead. A Color Engine draws a line between long-time E2TG favorite Don Ryan and one-time Ear to the Ground featured artist Elephant Goes West.   It’s a tasty slab of experimental indie folk goodness.

“Passion” by [debut]

We close out the day with another track from the album Postcards from Berlin.  The song sounds a bit like it could be a great lost Depeche Mode song (and I mean that as the highest compliment).

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Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – I Was Never There Mix

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I am reasonable certain that late teens early 20s me did not give a whole lot of thought to what I would be doing 25-30 years later. I’m pretty sure, though, that that kid would be surprised to find out that I was going to ride a bus to Franklin, Tennessee to watch Webb Wilder, Bill Lloyd, Warner Hodges, and Government Cheese, and that I would be able to drink free beer on that bus. Not to mention that the whole show was going to be broadcast to the whole world over something called the Internet.  I’m not even sure what part of that would be most surprising… Nevertheless, that is what I will be doing – riding the Blackstone Bus to Music City Roots to see some true living legends who I have been listening to and watching for over half my life. It’s gonna be good.  http://musiccityroots.com/  – Tune in at 7:00pm Central Time and click the Watch Live button.

“Pure As Coal” by Tim Carroll

Just about every Friday night promptly at 6:00p.m., The 5 Spot in East Nashville hosts one of the cities best recurring events. Tim Carroll and his band (which currently includes Cameron Carrus on bass, Toby Caldwell on drums, and Luella Wood on backing and lead vocals and tambourine always begin on time (Carroll carries a clock with him to every show) and they always keep playing until 8:30 (unless subsequent event forces them to stop at 8:00).  No set breaks – just pure rock and roll for the happy hour so happy it takes 2 and half hours to contain.  The drinks are cheap, the music is great, and the company is outstanding.  Surprisingly, there is plenty of room (reportedly there is room to spin a cat but I do not condone cat spinning so please don’t try that). Anyway, this is the title track from Tim’s latest album which you just might hear if you come on down.  I chose a video performance of this song from a Music City Roots set in celebration of the show I am attending tonight. 

“Woman At the Well” by Israel Nash

This is the lead track Rain Plans, the most recent album by Israel Nash. The music is described as “Desert Folklore”, and I would tend to agree.  This recording was one of the World Café sessions that I have been featuring of late.

“Shotgun” by Bad Cop

From the EP  Wish You Well…And Goodbye.  Bad Cop are a Nashville band and primarily the project of Jeffery Drag Records founder Adam Moult. Ear to the Ground has featured Bad Cop several times in the past, and I always love when one of their songs makes it’s way in to the shuffle.

“Ohio” by Darrin Bradbury

From the Tur-Lyfe album.  Expect some new music from Darrin Bradbury soon. Since I couldn’t find a video of this song, I am reposting his 2015 CXCW Video of one of his newer songs, Elmwood Park.

“Back Door Front Porch” by Shelby Lynne

From her latest album, I Can’t Imagine which was released last month.  Shelby Lynne is the real deal. 

“Get Work, Find Plans” by Batkhi Dahn

The avant-garde Connecticut band, Batkhi Dahn is back with another track from their Play 15 album.  The band cites Violent Femmes, Sleater-Kinney, and Daniel Johnston among their influences. Dig it.

“Hot Dang” by Dale Watson

Ameripolitan standard bearer Dale Watson released his latest album, Call Me Insane yesterday.  This is our first listen to that album, but it will not be our last.

“Don’t Think About You Anymore” by Brock Zeman

Pulling Your Sword Out of the Devil’s Back is the latest album from Canadian singer-songwriter Brock Zeman.  He is one of the most unique voices in music, and I had the amazing opportunity to see him play as part of a stellar songwriter’s round at the Bluebird Café last month.

“Release” by Aztec Camera

And we close out the day with another track from Aztec Camera’s fantastic 1983 debut album.  “Release” is Roddy Frame at his very best – an emotionally satisfying, purely crafted pop song – simple and direct with a powerful hook.  

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